“We lived on a train for 15 days and played 65 shows. The boxcar was a stage, and we would pull into towns that don’t get live music very often”: How Tenille Townes is taking her country sound to the people

Tenille Townes
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Tenille Townes has been on the country music scene for many years, steadily gathering a fanbase and releasing music with her first collection, Real, dropping in 2011. 2022’s mini-album, Masquerades, saw a new side to her songwriting. 

“I’ve always enjoyed songwriting from the storyteller’s perspective,” Tenille says. “The pandemic forced a period of self-reflection, so I couldn’t help that the songs were more personal.” Her current EP, Train Track Worktapes, was created on the road across Canada, where she was born and raised.

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Glenn Kimpton

Glenn Kimpton is a freelance writer based in the west of England. His interest in English folk music came through players like Chris Wood and Martin Carthy, who also steered him towards alternate guitar tunings. From there, the solo acoustic instrumental genre, sometimes called American Primitive, became more important, with guitarists like Jack Rose, Glenn Jones and Robbie Basho eventually giving way to more contemporary players like William Tyler and Nick Jonah Davis. Most recently, Glenn has focused on a more improvised and experimental side to solo acoustic playing, both through his writing and his own music, with players like Bill Orcutt and Tashi Dorji being particularly significant.